Ok so i came here looking to see if people were talking about what the issue really is. After reading some comments from years ago, in light of recent events, it sounds like this has been an issue for a long time. It sounds like there are concerns with the size of bts’s fandom affecting some algorithm on this platform, because that affects recommendations pushed out to users? Does this platform also serve the billboard charts as well and is this affecting other artists’ performance on the charts/industry? I’m confused by that connection so I appreciate if anyone can elaborate further.
I am reaching out for clarification as a music lover and musician myself, in good faith, to try and learn more about the situation, & to see if there’s a proposition we can make to find a mutually beneficial solution for all. I can tell you all are passionate about music so I feel like I can reason with you to try and help see each other’s sides.
I’ve seen some folks talk about streaming in relation to billboard charts, but if you’re really interested, I implore you to dive into the extensive research conducted by fans and even rolling stone to investigate the role of payola on Spotify playlisting & subsequent boosting the platform’s relevancy on (what I would argue is obsolete) charts, just like radio. And the fact that bts’s label refuses to participate in payola, combined with the fandom numbering in the millions of MONTHLY RETURN listeners, results in the unprecedented astronomical filtering rate on that platform (up to 50% in some cases!!).
all this to say that army is an extremely intelligent, well organized, massive fandom that has had to work very hard to ensure the artists we support are sufficiently recognized for their endless hard work, talent, resilience, & thoughtfulness. we are an extemely diverse global fandom, and we are used to the same dismissive misogynistic/racist/xenophobic/homophobic/techno-orientalist remarks people (particularly westerners, especially white, especially men) use, including by those of you reviewing the latest D-Day album in an attempt to “fight the bots”.
well, i am also here to tell you that we are not bots. there’s a lot of us. our immediately sold out world stadium tours can tell you that if you cared to check it out. This rhetoric is used when people tend to dismiss anything kpop or kpop adjacent as “factory-produced/mechanical/etc.”. Tho a big part of techno-orientalism, equating factories with Asian products, is a direct result of western colonization and influence, so really like if you have a problem with it, take it to the source. It’s a result of working hard to fight against colonizers. And also, removes any humanity from the people (of color!) who you’re so easily dismissing. These are real people. If you want proof, watch the music video of amygdala. Based on a true experience of Agust D, having a conversation with his own brain as he processes trauma. I bet some of you could even relate.
As ARMY myself, I know that our fandom is not one to be trifled with, so just a heads up I’d warn you to exercise caution with d/ëåth threats and the like.